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Newsline audio releases – May 1, 2015

Listed below are MP3 audio files and the text of actualities and wraps associated with WisDOT's Radio Newsline.

May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Greg Patzer, manager of the Wisconsin DOT’s Motorcycle Safety Program discussed what motorcyclists and other motorists can do to be safe.

Cut 1: Greg Patzer, Motorcycle Safety Program (297 KB/19 seconds)

“With another motorcycle season underway, we’re asking that motorcyclists and all motorists be cautious and alert. Motorists should share the road and watch for motorcycles at intersections, when making turns and when changing lanes. Motorcyclists can do their part by wearing proper and conspicuous safety equipment, maximizing their visibility and obeying traffic laws.”

Cut 2: Greg Patzer, Motorcycle Safety Program (287 KB/18 seconds)

“Well, there’s several things that motorcyclists can do to manage the risks involved in riding. They can take a motorcycle safety course that’s appropriate for their skill level. And no matter what skill level you’re at, you’ll learn something that could possibly save your life. Be sure to have the required Class M endorsement on your license. And of course, always wear all the gear, all the time for every trip.”

Cut 3: Wrap with Patzer (892 KB/57 seconds)

May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and as motorcycling becomes more popular, safety is an ongoing concern. This is Greg Patzer, Manager of the Wisconsin DOT’s Motorcycle Safety Program.

“With another motorcycle season underway, we’re asking that motorcyclists and all motorists be cautious and alert. Motorists should share the road and watch for motorcycles at intersections, when making turns and when changing lanes. Motorcyclists can do their part by wearing proper and conspicuous safety equipment, maximizing their visibility and obeying traffic laws.”

Patzer encourages motorcyclists to take a motorcycle rider education course appropriate for their skill level — and ensure they have the required Class M endorsement on their license. To get the Class M endorsement, motorcyclists can either pass a written and road test at a DMV center — or successfully complete a qualified rider education course. This is Rob Miller reporting.

Spring planting activity is in full swing across Wisconsin. Safety on the roadways requires that farmers and motorists be patient and alert according to Wisconsin State Patrol Sergeant David Harvey.

Cut 1: Sergeant David Harvey, State Patrol (328 KB/21 seconds)

“When a driver comes upon a slow-moving farm vehicle, they need to take special care in determining when it’s safe to pass. Scan the road ahead and make sure you’ve got enough room to pass safely. Be aware of the possibility that the farm vehicle might be turning left not only at an intersection but in other locations like a field entrance or access road.”

Cut 2: Sergeant David Harvey, State Patrol (347 KB/22 seconds)

“Farmers can do their part to be visible by displaying a slow-moving vehicle sign and using appropriate lighting. They can also watch for traffic approaching from the rear when preparing to turn left. Farm vehicle operators are not required to drive on the shoulder of the road, but they can if it’s safe to do so. Basically, we’re asking that farmers and motorists share the road, be patient and be safe.”

Cut 3: Wrap with Harvey (806 KB/52 seconds)

As another spring planting season gets underway across Wisconsin, farmers and motorists are being asked to be patient, alert and safe. This is Wisconsin State Patrol Sergeant David Harvey.

“When a driver comes upon a slow-moving farm vehicle, they need to take special care in determining when it’s safe to pass. Scan the road ahead and make sure you’ve got enough room to pass safely. Be aware of the possibility that the farm vehicle might be turning left not only at an intersection but in other locations like a field entrance or access road.”

Sergeant Harvey says farm vehicle operators can do their part by being as visible as possible — display a slow-moving-vehicle sign and by using appropriate lighting. While farm vehicles are not required to drive on the shoulder of the road, they are allowed to do so if it can be done safely. This is Rob Miller reporting.


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